LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge has given preliminary approval to a settlement of up to $8 million between Sony Pictures Entertainment and current and former employees related to the hack of the company's computers last year.
Although Facebook’s new notification system that warns users if their accounts have been compromised by a state-sponsored attack might seem superfluous, it’s already catching attackers in the act. According to a report from The New York Times, State Department officials only became aware of attacks from Iranian hackers after Facebook notified them that their accounts had been compromised. DON’T MISS: Once you see these 10 movie mistakes, you’ll never be able to unsee them The report claims that the attackers were hoping to gain access to the email and social media accounts of “officials who focus on Iran and the Middle East,” specifically younger employees who would be more likely to connect with other officials around the department on social media. “It was very carefully designed and showed the degree to which
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Protesters demanding justice for a black man fatally shot by Minneapolis police were settling in for their ninth night of demonstrations when something just didn't seem right.
NEW YORK (AP) — Your phone is getting better and better at protecting your privacy. But Uncle Sam isn't totally comfortable with that, because it's also complicating the work of tracking criminals and potential national-security threats.
(Reuters) - Hotel chain operator Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc said on Tuesday it identified unauthorized malware in some payment systems that targeted payment card information. A third-party investigation found that the malware targeted specific payment card information, that included cardholder names, payment card numbers, security codes and expiration dates, Hilton said. Hilton said customers who used their cards during a 17-week period - from Nov. 18 to Dec. 5, 2014 or April 21 to July 27, 2015 - were advised to check their bank statements.
It’s good that Anonymous has decided to declare war on Islamic State but there are questions about whether their actions are actually effective. In particular, Anonymous has drawn criticism for getting several Twitter accounts banned that had nothing to do with supporting or aiding ISIS. The group has also come under fire for hyping up terror threats that authorities have said were never credible. That said, there is a hacking group out there that is trying to be the anti-Anonymous by taking the fight to ISIS in a smarter, subtler fashion. DON’T MISS: Amazon suffers potential password leak, unknown number of accounts affected As BBC News reports, an organization called the Ghost Security Group got its start after the ISIS attacks on French magazine Charlie
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A hacker who once advertised having access to user account information for websites like Facebook and Twitter has been linked through a Russian email address to the theft of a record 1.2 billion Internet credentials, the FBI said in court documents. The papers, made public last week by a federal court in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, provide a window into the Federal Bureau of Investigation's probe of what would amount to the largest collection of stolen user names and passwords. The court papers were filed in support of a search warrant the FBI sought in December 2014 and that was executed a month later related to email records.
The Black Friday 2015 shopping season is upon us and Amazon’s big Black Friday sale is in full swing, but some Amazon customers have received an unwelcome gift over the past few days: News that their Amazon account passwords may have been compromised. MUST SEE: Don’t wait for Black Friday: Lowest prices of 2015 available now on these 10 HDTVs According to a report on Tuesday morning from ZDNet, Amazon has informed some customers that their account passwords may have been compromised. The company has yet to confirm any details to the media, but it said in an email that users’ passwords may have been stored or transmitted insecurely, potentially allowing hackers to intercept the data. “[Amazon] recently discovered that your password may have
By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - U.S. retailers are hunting for evidence of new breaches leading into the holiday shopping season after a cyber intelligence firm privately warned them about payment-card-stealing malware that it said evades almost all security software. "This is by far the most sophisticated point-of-sale malware seen to date," said Maria Noboa, lead technical analyst for privately held iSight Partners, which uncovered the malware and was due to release a technical report about it on Tuesday. The firm had shared information about the malware, dubbed ModPOS, with clients in October, and briefed dozens of companies, including retailers, hospitality companies and payment-card processors, about its dangers.
Major U.S. computer company Dell Inc [DI.UL] said on Monday a security hole exists in some of its recently shipped laptops that could make it easy for hackers to access users’ private data. A pre-installed program on some newly purchased Dell laptops that can only be removed manually by consumers makes them vulnerable to cyber intrusions that may allow hackers to read encrypted messages and redirect browser traffic to spoofs of real websites such as Google or those belonging to a bank, among other attacks. “The recent situation raised is related to an on-the-box support certificate intended to provide a better, faster and easier customer support experience,” Dell said in a statement to Reuters.
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